Theme 7: Environment

This is one of twelve student books from the Science in Process series and covers areas of biology, physics and chemistry related to the theme of the environment. The resource aims to allow students to develop their scientific enquiry skills using this broad theme as a basis for a variety of student-led activities. The skills include observing, recording, presenting, inferring, hypothesising and predicting.

The fifteen double page spreads are presented alphabetically and were designed to be used in any order, either forming the basis of an entire course or to enrich an existing course. Although this student book was written for students aged 11 to 13, the level of demand and curriculum content of most of the activities would be suitable for Key Stage Two students or lower ability Key Stage Three students. The ‘cut out’ sheets referred to can be found in the Teacher's Resource Pack.

This theme contains the following curriculum links:
1. Bins - measuring rubbish and waste, landfill and recycling
2. Buildings in the wind - wind tunnels, predicting and measuring wind, anemometers, angle of deflection
3. Collecting water creatures - observing and investigating ponds
4. Designing plant investigations - observing and investigating plants
5. Environmental evidence - measuring and recording sunlight, light sensors, temperature change
6. Fences, walls, and pavements - self-seeding plants, wind-borne seeds, measuring and fair tests
7. Flowers and minibeasts - insect pollination, observing insects and small animals
8. Food chains - habitats, communities and populations of animals, effects of humans on local ecology
9. How do birds cope with winter? - migration, feeding birds in winter
10. Leaves - using leaves to measure pollution, leaf decay and diseases
11. Life cycles of plants - annuals, biennials and perennials
12. Making a moisture meter - using an ammeter to measure moisture in soils
13. Maps and nature trails - observing the envrionment
14. Play area action group - planning a play area, considering suitable environments
15. School environment guide - seasonal changes, designing a school environment guide
16. Environment - some useful words

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